8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jemez Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
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Santa Fe

— 3 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Popular historic sites such as El Rancho de las Golondrinas and Canyon Road are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Pecos National Historical Park and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Ghost Ranch (in Abiquiu) and El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Harrell House Bug Museum, view the masterpieces at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip builder tool.

Sacramento to Santa Fe is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sacramento to Santa Fe is 1 hour. When traveling from Sacramento in July, plan for little chillier days in Santa Fe, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Taos

— 2 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Taos Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, then examine the collection at La Hacienda del los Martinez, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, then stroll through Goose Lake Trail, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Taos trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in July, things will get little chillier in Taos: highs are around 83°F and lows about 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Jemez Springs

— 1 night
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs, then identify plant and animal life at Valles Caldera National Preserve, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jemez Mountains.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Jemez Springs road trip app.

Getting from Taos to Jemez Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Taos in July, Jemez Springs is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Albuquerque

— 1 night

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, then get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and then see the interesting displays at American International Rattlesnake Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque road trip website.

Getting from Jemez Springs to Albuquerque by car takes about 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Jemez Springs in July, with highs in Albuquerque at 91°F and lows at 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Childrens Museums

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.